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2018 Bookings open next week!

Bookings are opening on the evening of Tuesday 16th January for the Women’s Sea Kayak Festival being held on Bute on the 17-19 August 2018.

Your ticket includes:

  • 3 days of top quality coaching and guiding
  • 2 evening meals (a buffet meal and a 3 course dinner) in Ettrick Bay Tearoom, Bute
  • A marquee for socialising with your fellow paddlers
  • Beautiful coastal campsite
  • Raffle and more

All this for £210

This year we’re looking forward to welcoming back festival veterans and new faces. The coaching line up is as strong as ever, and if you’re new to the festival, then you can expect a warm welcome and a friendly group of like-minded female paddlers and coaches.

There has been a really positive response to the announcement that the festival is returning to Bute this year with much interest expressed and we anticipate a high demand for places.

Happy paddling and see you in August!

Festival Organisers

Alice, Laura, Cathie, Cathy and Roddy.

Update on Women’s Sea Kayak Festival donation

It’s a been a while since I’ve posted an update on the outcome of the 2016 Festival donation.

Ross MacKenzie from Pinkston wrote to us…

“I wanted to write and thank you and the other members of the Women’s Sea-Kayaking Festival Committee for the funding you provided for the Level 1 Coaching Course. Over the course of 20 weeks we took 6 individuals with little or no paddling experience and turned them into UKCCLevel 1 coaches.

Your funding went directly to fund Fiona Shaw’s place. Fiona is a teacher involved with the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme at her school and this qualification will allow her to introduce numerous young people to the world of paddlesports.

In total there were 6 individuals on the course; 3 male, 3 female. 3 youth workers and 3 teachers. The youngest participant was 17 and the eldest was in her 50s. One of the teachers works in the Department for Deaf Pupils at St Rochs High School and another works with the Autism Support Unit at Govan High. Without 6 participants we would not have been able to run this course, so your funding also helped to deliver these instructors as well.

All participants passed the Level 1 Assessment on the 18th June and are looking forward to putting their new skills to practice. They are supporting us with summer sessions delivery as volunteers and running sessions for the groups they are part of.

Thank you once again for your support, all the best in your planning for the 2018 Festival.

Fiona Shaw said…Thanks to the donation I’m now a Level One coach which will help me with my Duke of Edinburgh work. My teaching skills meant I was more familiar with doing lesson plans but the paddling skills were a bit more challenging for me. I like using games in my coaching and think they can work well for adults as well as kids.  

I’d like to do more sea kayaking so I can see some of the beautiful west coast, maybe next year. I’m hoping to continue my involvement with Pinkston this year. “





Women’s Sea Kayak Festival 2018 on Bute dates confirmed

We like to plan ahead!

We’re announcing the dates for next year’s Women’s Sea Kayak Festival as 17th-19th August 2018, and it will run for three days Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This will be the fifth time the Festival will be hosted on Bute, and we’re all very excited.  We’re going to be busy planning to bring together a team of top female coaches and female sea kayakers who are keen to learn, paddle and meet people.

There will be tent, van and pod camping options. Of course there will be the serious business of paddling and learning to do done, plus the fun business of fantastic food and cake! Full details of workshops, coaches, prices, cakes, camping and more to be revealed in 2018. Look out for post-festival activities too.

Get your diary out and pencil in these dates. We look forward to welcoming back previous festival go-ers and seeing new faces.

Bookings will open in mid-January 2018, and look out for confirmation in early January of the exact date when the bookings will open.

Any questions, please check the frequently asked questions first, or drop us an email.

Alice and the Festival organisers, Cathy, Laura, Roddy and Janice.